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Tuesday, June 25 2019 @ 06:32 AM UTC

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Heat With Increasing Humidity Makes It Feel Like 95 Degrees in Panama

Weather Panamanians will experience a heat wave, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius (95F) due to high humidity typical of the rainy season which began last April, according to a weather forecast. The average temperature of the country, ranging between 26 and 27 degrees Celsius, could rise in the next three months to an average of 32 degrees, but the "thermal sensation" may be equal to "34 or 35 degrees," said an official of the state Electricity Transmission Company SA (ETESA). In a report on climate outlook for the next three months, ETESA noted the temperature range is "normal" for the period, but that "the high humidity, typical of the season, can create a greater sense of heat." Panamanians have already begun to experience the phenomenon and one can hear comments in the street and through the radio on the prevailing heat, which does not decrease with the rains that intermittently and generally fall with great force on the Central American country. The report from ETESA also indicated that in the coming weeks, the maximum temperature could even touch 38 degrees Celsius in some areas of the country. The rainy season in Panama began at the end of April and according to the ETESA report, is expected to decrease in rainfall associated with the so-called "San Juan Veranito" between late July and early August. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: It's not the heat, it's the humidity. I still remember when I first came to Panama in July 1987 - I felt like I wanted to take a shower every ten minutes or so. The heat and humidity seemed to be unbearable, and I would break out in a running sweat just by walking two blocks outdoors. Now, I rarely even notice either the temperature or the relative humidity because I'm so acclimated to Panama's weather. Anyway, be prepared to sweat. Stay hydrated (force liquids). Try to do your outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon hours, and try to avoid the middle of the day when the sun is straight overhead. And of course, wear less clothes. If you're a really hot chick, consider walking around naked. You know, for your own good.

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Torrential Downpours Flood Panama City Streets

WeatherAvenue Ricardo J. Alfaro became impassable yesterday, around 2:00 pm. The reason was a torrential downpour that fell on the capital flooding the road, already crowded with vehicles heading towards the city center and vice versa. At the intersection with Avenida Juan Pablo II, right where there is construction that is part of the road realignment project promoted by the Ministry of Public Works (MOP), drivers had make maneuvers in order to be able to pass. The same situation occurred in the area of ​​Bella Vista and Calidonia, where rain caused a traffic jam, as drivers had to wait for the waters to recede before they could continue their journey.

DAMAGE - As reported by the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc), precipitation of Wednesday did not cause considerable damage in the capital city. The reports from this entity said a mesh cyclone fence fell down near the National Ave. and there was flooding near the produce market. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: I've been in Panama for 25 years now, and I drive a Jeep for a reason. They have a much higher clearance than most sedans, so I can go over stuff regular cars can't. When it comes to local flooding like this, the air intake is higher, at the top of the engine, and the car is designed to ford small streams. The higher clearance also keeps everything up high and dry, and being higher also gives you a better field of view. Finally the stiffer truck suspension is great for potholes and the damage caused by construction. I've come up on scenes like this where there are dozens of sedans and taxis that can't get through the flood waters, and I can just plow right through. The traffic is usually pretty light on the other side as well. It's now rainy season, might as well be ready for it. "Only in a Jeep..."

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Aid Reaching Those Affected By Strong Winds in Santiago

WeatherThe families who were affected by strong winds in the city of Santiago, Veraguas province authorities request support. So far there has been a delay in the transfer of materials to fix the roofs that were blasted off of their homes in the area yesterday afternoon. However, mattresses and some furniture have already arrived to the communities most affected by the rains. One of the victims thanked the authorities for the aid that has been delivered, but said they hope to expedite the delivery of materials to fix the roof, fearing for more rain. It was also reported electricity service is being restored to these affected communities. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: This seems to happen quite often here in Panama. There will be a very strong rain storm, and as part of that storm "strong winds" will blow the roofs off of several houses, usually in a tight cluster. Rarely there's a report of a tornado or funnel cloud, and usually it's just reported as a blast of wind. They put the roofs back on, and that's that.

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More Than 100 Homes Affected By Flooding This Afternoon

WeatherA total of 108 households were affected by flooding in the eastern province of Panama, as reported by the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc), due to the rains that hit Monday afternoon. In Mañanitas 15 homes were affected, in sectors 4, 5 and 7 there were 16. There were seven in Tocumen, while in the neighborhood Jorge Illueca a total of 70 houses were flooded with water and mud. The inhabitants of the neighborhood reported that everything is due to poor collection of garbage and the construction that is being done in the sector. (Telemetro)

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Heavy Rains Flood Parts of Panama City This Afternoon

WeatherStreets such as the Cincuentenario, Calle 50, Vía Brasil and San Francisco were flooded after the heavy rains that fell Saturday afternoon in Panama City. Residents and merchants of these points were concerned, because the rainy season is just starting, and they say the government authorities are not providing a solution to the obvious collapse of the drainage systems in Panama City. (Telemetro)
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Winds Blow Roof Off Of House

WeatherOne family living in a neighborhood known as the "Roof of colors", located in San Pedro No. 2, got a big scare after an unexpected gale divested the roof of their house. The incident happened at noon on Saturday, and has raised uncertainty among neighbors who say it might have been a kind of tornado, and that from one moment to another they just felt a strong wind, but it only affected one a residence. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: Obviously, ILBF - Intensely Localized Burrito Flatulence. That part of the roof was right over granny's bedroom...

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Heavy Rains Cause Damage in Veraguas

WeatherFollowing heavy rains yesterday the National Civil Protection System received several reports in the province of Herrera, specifically in the area Parita, while left five families affected and tress down in La Arena and Los Pozos. There was also roof detachment in the province of Veraguas, district of Carlos Santo, sector of El Espino. The Director General of SINAPROC, Arturo Alvarado advises all people to take precaution measures in case of heavy rains and recommended not using the beaches, because of strong tides, "which will be recorded from 3:22 pm on Friday April 6 until 7:27 pm on Wednesday 11 April, high tides reached 17.8 feet." (Critica)

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Drought Causing Decreased Milk Production in Los Santos

WeatherDiary farmers in the district of Macaracas are experiencing serious difficulties due to the drought that is hitting the region, which has caused a 25% decline in production. The most critical areas are the districts of El Cedro and Corozal, where 80% of surface water sources have dried up and the grass is low.

EXCEEDS THE PREVIOUS YEAR - Paul Elias Vega, a producer in the area of El Cedro, said during the previous season his 14 cows would produce about 80 liters of milk per day. But during this season, due to the strong heat, dry winds, and the scarcity of water and forage, these same cows are only producing about 20 liters a day. He said although the cows have been supplied with hay and bales of sugar cane, the decline in output this year has been higher than in previous seasons. According to Vega, the situation is similar in all ranches, which are facing increasing economic losses due to the drought. (Mi Diario)

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Heavy Rains and Flooding Causes Retaining Wall Failure on Rio Caldera in Boquete

WeatherThe failure of a retaining wall and the lack of canalization of the river, have terrorized the inhabitants of the area of ​​Boquete. Increased levels of the Rio Caldera, a product of the cold front affecting Central America that is sweeping the province, has the community on alert. On Monday the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) issued a green alert which was subsequently lifted and replaced with an early warning. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: This cold front is hammering Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro, river levels are rising but so far there's been no flooding. What say you folks who live up there? Need a snorkel to go to the corner store? Please provide some updates and feedback via the comments section. Thanks.

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Strong Winds Blowing In Colon, Rough Waves, Cold Front

WeatherA cold front arrived in Panama and the affects began to be felt in the province of Colon. The winds are so strong that people have been forced to stay home. The waves are so strong there are boats anchored at the first street. Meanwhile the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) informed the general public that the green alert was lifted in the province of Chiriqui, and it was changed to a warning. The recommended that people should follow the instructions and notices from the Sinaproc issued via radio broadcasts, television and social networks. (Dia a Dia)
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